The world’s leading database of lost and stolen watches

Maximum peace of mind for the pre-owned luxury watch market


lost/stolen watches registered


lost/stolen watches located in 2022


of recovered watches found within 1 year of theft

All luxury brands can be checked including:

  • Rolex
  • Breitling
  • Audemars Piguet
  • Omega
  • Hublot
  • Panerai
  • Cartier
  • Longines
  • Tag Heuer
  • Patek Philippe

Search the database

Check if a watch is lost, stolen or fake

  • Buy and sell with peace of mind
  • Avoid financial loss
  • Protect your reputation
  • Search Certificate as evidence of your theft checks

Check watches by SMS, Whatsapp or via the web. Results within minutes.

Register a loss

Ensure the best chance of recovery

Your watch will be registered on the largest international theft database used by dealers, jewellers, pawnbrokers and auction houses to identify stolen watches. We will actively search for your watch on the global international market until it is recovered.

50% of our recovered watches are found within 1 year of the theft, and 35% within 6 months.

How can we help you?


Protect yourself from unknowingly trading in stolen watches: prevent financial loss, safeguard your reputation and gain customer confidence.

Read more


Avoid lending on stolen goods and prevent legal issues by running fast and effective theft checks on watches, jewellery and antiques.

Read more

Auction Houses

Annual subscriptions for routine searching of watch catalogues and other specialist items to ensure your due diligence is taken care of.

Read more

Private Individuals

Conduct the necessary checks before purchase to avoid losing your money to a stolen watch. If you fall victim to a theft, report your loss to ensure the best chance of getting your watch back.

Read more


Report losses free of charge to maximise recoveries and detect fraud. Our specialist team can be appointed to handle the recovery where required.

Read more

Law Enforcement

All our services are offered free of charge to police forces globally. We have been recovering stolen property and providing new leads for criminal investigations for over 30 years.

Read more

Reduce risk, ensure peace of mind.

Find a list of commonly asked questions and answers

About us

THE WATCH REGISTER database is the global leader for due diligence and crime prevention in the luxury watch market. We hold the largest, most established database of lost, stolen and fake watches in the world, containing data compiled over 30 years. We provide expert pre-transaction serial number checks for traders and buyers against our international database, as well as specialist watch recovery services to victims of theft.

THE WATCH REGISTER operation is headquartered in London and is part of the Art Loss Register (ALR), the world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectibles. Our founding shareholders were Lloyd’s of London and the leading global auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s, who remain major clients to this day.

The ALR, founded in 1990, has been responsible for the recovery of lost and stolen property worth hundreds of million of pounds. The experience gained by the ALR over 30 years enables THE WATCH REGISTER team to offer an unrivalled recovery service for victims of theft and due diligence tool for the watch trade.

THE WATCH REGISTER database is independent of any brands or retailers. Our sole purpose is to protect the pre-owned watch market, support the police and make watch ownership a crime-free pleasure.

Contact us

+44 (0)20 7841 5781
[email protected]

Get in touch
Privacy Terms